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Matthew Feldman – December 2016 TV Screenplay Winner

TV SPEC of RICK and MORTY
Written by Matthew Feldman

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander
MORTY – Noah Casey
RICK – Brian Carleton
BETH – Dana Thody
JESUS CHRIST – Chris Reid Geisler
SUMMER – Angela Cavallin
FLUXO – Ucal Shillingford

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Animation, Adventure

Rick and Beth go on an interstellar vacation. Back on earth, Morty recieves unexpected help on his history project while Summer finds a new love interest.

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Beth is approached for her expertise in horse surgery to save a dying alien species from extinction and manages to convince Rick to tag along for a crazy adventure. Meanwhile at home, Morty seeks help from a notable icon to help with history homework to discover he isn’t exactly who he thought he was.

2. How does this episode fit into the context of the series?

I feel Rick and Morty’s success stems from many of their storylines discussing pop culture and frequently explored sitcom subjects to approach them in a way unexpected to the audience. Given that signature style of story telling, I feel my spec. is in line with your prototypical episode by both satirizing the film “The Hangover” and approaching the religious figure of Jesus in an unexpected way.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Unconventionally controversial.

4. What TV show do you watch over and over again?

I have two televisions series I enjoy to re-watch. I love re-watching both Rick and Morty and Curb Your Enthusiasm. I feel like the writing in both those series have phenomenal, atypical, comedy writing that doesn’t compare to much of what is currently out there. The way they approach their storytelling is so unique, I always re-watch those shows to get a different take on watching the same episode again.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I would say this screenplay took me roughly two and half months to produce the first draft. Then I spent a few more months accumulating notes and improving the quality of the story. In total, I probably spent five months working on this screenplay.

6. How many stories have you written?

Thus far, I’ve written seven stories.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’m very interested in pursing a career as a screenwriter as my passion is the art of storytelling. In order to show case my work, I thought it would be best to write sample material for one of my favorite shows, thus writing a spec. episode of Rick and Morty.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

For those who have watched Rick and Morty before, many will notice the voices of the characters are quite peculiar. That said, it was quite an obstacle trying to accurately replicate both Rick and Morty’s voices. Rick often interrupts people while talking, he burps in the middle of talking, he’ll interrupt himself to drink from his flask. On the other hand, Morty often stutters when talking, is uncertain of himself, and finds himself repeating Rick’s name several times over while chatting with Rick. It took along time of watching the existing episode of Rick and Morty to assure I got those nuanced details just right.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, I’m very passionate about music. I’ve spent 10 years playing piano and 15 years playing trombone. I believe I have a rather wide musical palette enjoying musical genres ranging from Country to Rock to Classical.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

As a relatively new writer, I’m still trying to discover my voice, in addition to identifying flaws in my writing. As a result, I identified several writing festivals that were know for providing stellar feedback on scripts and thus decided to submit my script to Wildsound. Upon submitting an early draft of my script to wild sound, their feedback helped me identify problems in my script which guided me in future re-writes to better improve the quality of my script.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

If there is anything I’ve learned from my several years writing, the art of writing is something that improves with time, practice, and feedback. Write a script, make it as good as you can, and don’t be intimidated to distribute it/ask for feedback. If you fear your work being stolen, don’t be. Writers are often egotistic and would never have the ability to pass off someone elses work as their own. Other writer’s will help identify the problems you aren’t seeing in your works and will often help you improve as a writer. Although, take advice with a grain of salt. All writer’s have different tastes and opinions, so don’t feel you need to take every note you are given. Get as many notes as you can, as the comments consistent across several writer’s will typically guide yo to where your work needs improvement

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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WILDSOUND PERFORMER: CHRIS REID-GEISLER

Watch the readings performed by the actor at the weekly writing festival.

See the full list of WILDsound performers.

ACTOR CHRIS REID-GEISLER

Height: 5’10

Hair: Light Brown

Eyes: Brown

ACTOR1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gary Makin
ACTOR1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IS ALL IN
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gwen Goodkin
ACTORBest Scene Reading of AMONG US
September 2015 Reading
Written by Renana Hancock
ACTORBest Scene Reading of CHILDREN WANT WHAT THEY WANT WHEN THEY WANT IT
September 2015 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reese
ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
September 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram
ACTORBest Scene Reading of FEI JI
September 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

SHORT SCRIPT Table Reading – COMPLICIT by Andrew L Schwartz

COMPLICIT was the February 2016 Winning Short Screenplay. 

Watch COMPLICIT by Andrew L  Schwartz:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
LT. HAMMELSTEIN – Sean Kaufmann
CLARITA/MARIE – Kelci Stephenson
SCHEINBERG – Chris Reid-Geisler
SGT. SACCO – Jarrid Terrell
PAP PAP – Sasha Rajamani

Get to know writer Andrew L  Schwartz:

1. What is your short screenplay about?

Complicit is about a former Nazi who goes on the run after he learns he may have to stand trial for his past transgressions.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story focuses on a very real and relevant question that we as human beings need to face: has too much time passed for these men to be held accountable for their actions?

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Morally challenging.

4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

The Return of the King or The Departed.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have been working on Complicit for over half a year. It has gone though many rewrites, and I have explored many different ways to examine character arcs.

6. How many stories have you written?

Over the years, I have written many stories. Currently, I have written three complete screenplays in my canon.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I read an article about a 94-year-old former Nazi who was tried and convicted for war crimes during WWII. I decided to dive deeper into this phenomenon and write a story about it.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Writing the perfect ending.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about collecting and listening to vintage vinyl records, particularly from artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Band.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? I entered this festival because I believe the opportunity to have my script read by professionals is invaluable. It gives life to the words, and will help me fine tune the nuances of the story. When I received my initial feedback, I was nervous because the script was deemed good, but still needed one solid rewrite in order for it to be included. So, I hit the drawing board unsure of where the new rewrite was going to take me, but in the end it worked out.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Get as many people as you can to read your script. Encourage your peers to offer advice, and always listen to the council of those closest to you. When it comes time to write a new script, WRITE IT. Practice discipline when you write and finish your script before moving onto the next project.

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

SHORT SCRIPT Table Reading – ANIMAL SKINS by Bryan Ott

ANIMALS SKINS was the February 2016 Winning Short Screenplay. 

Watch ANIMAL SKINS by Bryan Ott:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
HUNTER – Sasha Rajamani
PIM – Kelci Stephenson
SCARBOY – Chris Reid-Geisler
WILD BOY – Jarrid Terrell

Get to know writer Bryan Ott:

1. What is your short screenplay about?

In writing Animal Skins, I didn’t consciously start with any specific theme in mind and attempt to explore that idea through the narrative and characters. I usually uncover the central idea as the story is evolving and the threads and connective areas surface and I begin to pull them out. The ideas and areas of human experience that I am interested in and most affected by myself in my own life are in the flaws and shortcomings on the central characters that I am developing through the natural progression of the world of the story and the structure. My stories tend to focus on ideas of separation and loss (most often of a family member) and the central characters inner struggle to reconnect with people they would rather not have in their lives. The idea of being comfortable when the key relationships in your life are broken and not seeing the need to fix them in any way. Animal Skins explores these ideas in a genre setting but, in this 20 page short script, doesn’t try to solve them. Pim, the central character, has a long road ahead of her.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The story was written to be made into an animated film. Working with an Animator friend of mine, we began some early character design work and a general concept for the look and techniques we would use to tell this story. The landscapes and set pieces would all be practical, shot live in camera, with the characters animated in 3D. It is still possible this is how the film will end up. So when writing the short, I always had practical considerations in mind, like the number of sets we would need to build and how I could maximize locations by using them repeatedly in different scenes. This short would be very costly to make as a live-action film, but it was never intended to end up as one. But as I continue to develop these characters and the world of this film, I see it now more as a graphic novel, where I can expand on some of the fantastical elements of the narrative.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Understated Fantasy

4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

The Searchers – John Ford

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Off and on for about a year

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written 4 features and a handful of short films. In graduate school, I directed a feature I wrote and have written and directed a few short films since.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The idea for the film came from the title of a song I really like by Dry the River, a UK band that has recently broken up. The song lyrics have nothing to do with the finished script, but I found the title Animal Skins evocative. It generated images in my mind and a general tone that sent me to the keyboard.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This script taught me the value of feedback and accepting criticism. It went through various incarnations. Even when I thought it was done and I was proud of it, I sent it out and it got chewed up and spit back at me. It forced me to keep attacking the story and keep rewriting.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I need to watch a film a day and have been doing that for many years. The day doesn’t feel complete otherwise. My two kids though are who I give most of my energy to.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I was very interested in the prospect of hearing the script read aloud. Feedback is invaluable. It is up to the writer to decipher what is constructive and useful and what is subjective and maybe not necessary to dwell to much on. But when you hear the same criticism from different people, it is probably a good idea to rethink things.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

There is this amazing buzz I feel after writing. After spending hours inside your own head, exploring the “what if’s” of story and character and when little things start to connect and ideas lead to more ideas, it’s hard to re-enter the real world again for a few moments. Everything is a bit off. Like the moment when you exit a movie theater and the sun hits your eyes or that dizzy, light headed feeling when you stand up to quickly and you need to hold onto something. My students always as me where do great ideas come from. I don’t know. But I feel, a great film story is a writers exploration of original ideas structured in layers of unexpected nuance and familiarity of form. Form is learnable. Great ideas are not.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

WILDsound Performer Feb. 7th Event: Chris Reid-Geisler

Actor will be performing at the February 7 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival

chris_reid-geislerHeight: 5’10

Hair: Light Brown

Eyes: Brown

Watch Screenplays the Actor has performed in the past at the festival:

ACTOR1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gary Makin

ACTOR1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IS ALL IN
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gwen Goodkin

ACTORBest Scene Reading of AMONG US
September 2015 Reading
Written by Renana Hancock

ACTORBest Scene Reading of CHILDREN WANT WHAT THEY WANT WHEN THEY WANT IT
September 2015 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reese

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
September 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram

ACTORBest Scene Reading of FEI JI
September 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its September 2015 Winners

Watch the Winning Readings for the 1st Scene and Short Screenplay Winners

Script #1 – 1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IS ALL IN
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gwen Goodkin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/how_to_hold_it_all_in.html

SYNOPSIS:

How to Hold it All in is about a guy who’s lost the loves of his life.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
LYLE – Gabriel Darku
MARV – Ben Hur
CHIC-JINX – Chris Reid-Geisler

Script #2 – 1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gary Makin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/facsimile.html

SYNOPSIS:

In a future Los Angeles, a homicide detective’s investigation into the attempted murder of a young woman becomes the ultimate case of identity theft when a powerful corporation is implicated.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
WOMAN – Laura Kyswaty
MORALES – Ben Hur
ORTIZ/DRIVER – Gabriel Darku
TAXI DRIVER – Chris Reid-Geisler
EVERS – Holly Sarchfield

Script #3 – SHORT SCRIPT – PTSD
September 2015 Reading
Written by Paul Myerberg
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/ptsd.html

SYNOPSIS:

A PTSD soldier, living on the streets, finds his anonymity shattered when he saves a woman from assault.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sara Price
MAX CARNEY – Sako Kababji
NEPTUNE – Elizabeth Owens Scidmore
KATRINA – Kelly Daly
GANGBANGER – Adam Martignetti
COUNSELOR – Nick Baillie
POLICEMAN – Dan Cristofori

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

WILDsound Announces its Feature Screenplay Winners for September 2015

Watch readings of the two feature screenplay winners for September 2015.

Script #1 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legacy_feature_script.html

Genres: Supernatural, Thriller, Action

SYNOPSIS:

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

Script #2 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
September 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_three_play.html

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS:

Oliver, a neurotic who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend Blake, finally comes out to both his shameless girlfriend, Silvia, and Blake. This revelation backfires when Oliver discovers Silvia and Blake are in madly in love. As a final act of desperation, Oliver magically switches bodies with Silvia days before her wedding to Blake.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
OLIVER – Gabriel Darku
SILVIA – Holly Sarchfield
BLAKE – Chris Reid-Geisler
MAGGIE – Allison Kampf
MARCO – Ben Hur
JOSEPHINE/PARKER – Angelica Alejandro

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review